Circling The Square: The Top 20 Album Covers From Blue Note Records.
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Perceptual (2000) – The Brian Blade Fellowship. Design: Brian Blade. Photography: Edward Curtis.
The Look: A rare occasion of an artist designing their own sleeve, the aesthetic is equally curious. 50% ethnographic textbook, 50% Jazz Fusion record, we might be forgiven for thinking this was released in 1972. However, a closer look betrays a modern, computer-designed typeface that dates it later. Other than that, it is exactly the kind of strict, pared-down, non-attention-seeking design often favoured by the period and genre. In short, apart from the tiny logo at bottom right, it’s nothing near what we expect a Blue Note release to look like.